Ten Clutter Commandments
- Thou shalt ask yourself the following questions BEFORE acquiring something new:
- Do I/we really need it?
- How often will I/we use it?
- How much space will it take up?
- How much care does it require?
- Does the design and quality meet my standards?
-Is the price right?
- Thou shalt buy something because it is truly useful, not because an advertisement promises it will be.
- Thou shalt show an old item the door every time a new item comes into the house.
- Thou shalt develop a habit of regularly giving things away to relatives, family, or a chartiable organization.
- Thou shalt learn to enjoy things without having to own them.
- Thou shalt put things where they belong when you're finished with them; don't take them halfway to their destination.
- Thou shalt clean up the kitchen every night. Starting the day with a sink full of dirty, hard-to-clean dishes makes working in the kitchen difficult and inefficient.
- Thou shalt save photos, not objects. Take a picture of your son in his Cub Scout uniform. Keep the photo; give away the uniform. It's the memory you want to hold on to.
- Thou shalt resist temptation to drape clothing on a piece of bedroom furniture.
Undress near your closet and either hang up, put away, or toss clothing into a laundry basket as you remove it.
- Thou shalt flex your clutter control muscle every day. Maintaining a clutter-free environment requires a daily commitment, but it takes just minutes.
Gulp... I am currently sitting on a chair with (that had) clothing draped over it . I'm sitting at my desk with piles of papers from this year's music schedule sitting on the table next to me - I'm updating the schedule onto the computer so I can toss out the extra papers.
I hate parting with papers.....I might need them someday!
I guess I better start working out and flexing my clutter control muscle.